As much as I appreciate the results of professional photography, I feel that taking self-family photo is a doable and enjoyable activity that can yield acceptable results with a reasonable amount of effort! Taking your own family photos vs having someone else perform this task also eliminates the possibility of a stranger danger reaction if you have small children. I’m going to share 5 quick tips to take your own family portrait for anyone who is interested in!
1.Timing is everything
To be able to capture the moment while you have your child’s attention, we only have a short time frame to take good pictures. So the first couple shots are the key! You are going to need a tripod and a self-timer or a remote with your camera.
2. Find good lighting
If you are lucky enough to have a background with bright natural light of your liking, that’s great! In many cases, however, that is not always possible, such as during a gloomy winter season. In cases of the latter, an external light source can really come in handy. Recently I invested in an inexpensive LED ring light kit that provides various color options from cool to warm to get that perfect tone for the desired image.
3. Keep the background clean and simple
The key is not to pick a background that would upstage the subjects. Natural colored walls and simple patterned walls or backdrops would work.
4. Take a test shot
Have your family member pose beforehand and make sure your setting is correct so that you can make an adjustment. We used a bench to accommodate the height difference since my husband is 6’5″ and I’m 5’3″. You also need to make sure camera’s focus is on the subject person -with most cameras you can autofocus by pressing the shutter button halfway which adjusts the camera’s focus.
5. Prepare snacks for little ones
Have snacks and drinks handy just in case. When my little one had a hard time sitting still as we were making an adjustment with our camera, a little snack break helped him to relax and we we were able to capture his big smile.
While it may take some practice (and a ton of patience!) to get that perfect shot, I find that the most important thing during the whole process is to have fun together as a family! Let me know in the comment below if you have any other good tips.